Imran Khan and Donald Trump. File Photo
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet US President Donald Trump in Washington later this month, its foreign office said on Thursday, a visit that could help to ease tensions between the two countries.
Trump late last year accused Pakistan of not doing "a damn thing" for the United States despite billions of dollars in aid, angering Islamabad which has long been at odds with Washington over the war in Afghanistan.
By February, Trump said the United States had developed a "much better" relationship and may set up some meetings with Pakistan.
Khan accepted an invitation to visit Washington and will meet Trump on July 22, the foreign office said in a statement.
"The focus will be to refresh the bilateral relationship," it said.
Pakistan and the United States are officially allies in fighting terrorism but they have a complicated relationship.
Washington depends on Pakistan to supply its forces in neighbouring Afghanistan, where 14,000 US troops are deployed, but ties are strained by allegations that Pakistan offers safe havens to the Afghan Taliban, which Islamabad denies.
Pakistan has played a behind-the-scenes role in supporting US peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including facilitating travel to negotiations, and is a key player in Washington's plans to end its longest war.
Earlier this year the United States helped to de-escalate a conflict between India and Pakistan that threatened to spiral out of control when their warplanes engaged in a dogfight over the disputed Kashmir region.Reuters
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that US President Donald Trump has accepted Prime Minister Imran Khan’s invitation to visit Pakistan.
Observers believe that the nearly 18-year conflict will be the major focus of talks between Khan and President Donald Trump when they meet on July 22.
Trump, speaking at a White House meeting with Imran, said on Monday the United States is working with Islamabad to find a way out of the war in Afghanistan.
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